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Morecambe Bay and East Kent maternity investigations Chairman gives evidence to MPs

25 September 2020

The opening hearing of the inquiry into the safety of maternity services in England will seek an overview of the recurrent issues in maternity care from key witnesses, including Dr Bill Kirkup, Chairman of the Morecambe Bay maternity investigation and the ongoing investigation into East Kent Hospitals, NHS England and the CQC.

Purpose of the session

MPs will hear a first-hand account of failings in services from a mother who lost her son. 

Concerns remain about the safety of maternity services and whether lessons have been learnt where there’s been a pattern of baby deaths. The Committee will examine views on what factors affect safety as well as the impact of previous inquires and inspections, including whether recommendations have been implemented. 

Maternity leads from NHS England will have the opportunity to tell MPs their priority issues and the progress of current action being taken to improve safety for babies and mothers. 


From 9.30am: 

  • Michelle Hemmington, Co-founder, Campaign for Safer Births

At approx. 10.00am:

  • Dr Bill Kirkup, Chairman, Morecambe Bay maternity investigation and East Kent maternity investigation
  • Professor Ted Baker, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Care Quality Commission

At approx. 10.45am:

  • Professor Jacqueline Dunkley Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer, NHS England and Improvement
  • Dr Matthew Jolly, National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women's Health, NHS England

Further information

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